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Our Stories

Illness Is Personal

Contributor: Ira Byock, MD

The fundamental nature of serious illness is not medical – it’s personal.

Our Stories

Why Whole Person Care Matters

Contributor: Ira Byock, MD

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Our Stories

Portraits of people with serious illness.

Contributor: IHC Team

Portraits of people with serious illness sharing their loving wisdom, through the lens of renowned photographer Andrew George. These moving images would not have been possible without the help of Dr. Marwa Kilani.

Our Stories

Importance of an Advance Directive

Contributor: StoryCorps

Mary Kingston, chief executive of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers in Torrance and San Pedro in Southern California, shares with Michael Jongsma, chief nursing officer, the anguish of honoring her father’s wishes to be removed from a respirator, and why having an advance directive is a profound gift for our loved ones.

Training and Support Videos

Compassion Fatigue in the Critical Care Unit

Contributor: IHC Team

Training and Support Videos

Death and Dying in the CCU: Opportunities for Healing when there is No Cure

Training and Support Videos

Palliative Care, Hospice, and the Critical Care Unit

Contributor: IHC Team

Training and Support Videos

Conflict and Moral Distress in the CCU: Communication Strategies that Work

Contributor: IHC Team

Training and Support Videos

Tracheostomies, Feeding Tubes, and Code Status: Discussing Treatment Options

Contributor: IHC Team

Podcasts

A Kitten for a Dying Man

Contributor: Arleta Lefler & Theresa Gleason

Arleta talks to her colleague, Theresa, about nursing being more than a job and how a stolen moment with a kitten allowed a man with cancer to die at peace.

Podcasts

A Century of Memories

Contributor: Ruth Ehrlich & Judith Renwick

Ruth Ehrlich, who is 103, shares memories with her daughter Judith Renwick. She remembers seeing cars for the first time, working as a social worker in New York during the Depression and meeting her husband at a party where she mistook him for a bellboy.

Podcasts

Make Friends

Contributor: Bob Murray & Jenny Murray

Bob Murray, a resident of Providence Horizon House in Anchorage, Alaska, talks to his daughter Jenny Murray about growing up poor in the 1920s, his struggle with learning to read, and the life adventures that led him to an 18-year education career. When asked what he’d like her to know, his key tips included: “Make some friends; share some experiences. Everybody needs friends.”

Podcasts

Feeding Body and Soul

Contributor: Jackie Beck & Heather Preece

When Jackie Beck nursed her adopted 4-day-old baby boy for the first time, it was an experience as nourishing for his soul as it was for his body. Jackie recounts the profound bonding experience with Heather Preece, founder of Kodiak KINDNESS, a program that offers free infant feeding support to families. Heather remarks that the moment was the highlight of her career.

Podcasts

Finding Comfort with Alaska Cares

Contributor: A Mother & Mary Sullivan

A mother talks to Providence Foundation philanthropy officer Mary Sullivan about how Alaska CARES helped her son and family following revelations of him being sexually abused. Now a supporter of Alaska CARES, which helps children after the trauma of abuse, she shares their story to let others know that hope and healing are possible.

Podcasts

Arresting the Help

Contributor: Fredrick Katelnikoff & Father Innocent Philo

Fredrick Katelnikoff, a security officer at Providence Health & Services Kodiak, shares with Father Innocent Philo the experience and lessons learned as a former village public safety officer (VPSO). VPSOs provide emergency assistance and law enforcement to rural Alaska communities hundreds of miles away from state services. He often relied on help from villagers he had arrested previously for minor crimes – encounters that taught him to treat everyone with respect.

Podcasts

From Refugee to Caregiver

Contributor: Agnes Twishime & Kathleen Hollis

Born in Congo, Agnes Twishime arrived at a refugee camp in Uganda when she was just three. Now with laundry services at Providence Alaska Medical Center, Agnes shares with Mission Services Director Kathleen Hollis her experience as a child refugee and desire to help care for the vulnerable and those in need.

Podcasts

Lessons From Leukemia

Contributor: Willy & Adrianne Shelton

At just 5-years old, Joel Shelton was diagnosed with leukemia. His parents, Willy and Adrianne, talk about how the experience deepened their understanding of their son, and how it has given them a glimpse into the man he will become.

Podcasts

Why I Become a Nurse

Contributor: Asia Harmeling & Ralph Pasana

Asia Harmeling and Ralph Pasana talk about why they chose nursing. Ralph shares the memory when, as a teen one day, he wanted to spend time with friends rather than care for his grandmother and how that episode influences his work as a nurse today.